Stanford vs. Saint Mary's - 11/30/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Saint Mary's-California Gaels (5-0) at Stanford Cardinal (6-1)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 11:00 pm (Maples Pavilion)
The Line: Stanford Cardinal +2.5 -- Over/Under: 125 See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac-12 Networks
The 12th ranked Saint Mary’s Gaels will travel to Maples Pavilion to take on the Stanford Cardinal this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The 12th ranked Saint Mary’s Gaels improved to 5-0 on the season after defeating the UAB Blazers, 76-63, this past Sunday. Saint Mary’s was outstanding in the 1st half and had little trouble securing the victory after taking a 43-27 halftime lead. Saint Mary’s was great on the offensive end as they shot 51.9% from the field and 50.0% (13-26) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Gaels was Jock Landale who had 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, Saint Mary’s is averaging 81.8 ppg on 52.8% shooting from the field. The Gaels are averaging 9.8 three-pointers per game on 39.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Saint Mary’s has been led by Jock Landale (21.0 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 2.0 apg), Calvin Hermanson (12.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg), Emmett Naar (11.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 7.6 apg), and Joe Rahon (6.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 6.2 apg). Defensively, Saint Mary’s is holding their opponents to an average of 63.8 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. Saint Mary’s has been one of the best teams at the FT-Line as the Gaels are shooting 82.7% which ranks 3rd in College Basketball.
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The Stanford Cardinal won their 2nd straight game and improved to 6-1 on the season after defeating the Seton Hall Pirates, 66-52, this past Sunday. Stanford went into halftime tied at 26-all however, used a 20-7 run to build a double-digit lead and never looked back. Stanford was outstanding on the defensive end as they held Seton Hall to 38.0% shooting from the field and 11.8% (2-17) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Cardinal was Dorian Pickens who had 21 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, Stanford is averaging 69.0 ppg on 43.1% from the field. The Cardinal are averaging 4.1 three-pointers per game on 30.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Stanford has been led by Reid Travis (17.4 ppg, 10.1 rpg), Dorian Pickens (15.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.1 apg), Michael Humphrey (7.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.1 spg), and Robert Cartwright (4.9 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.6 spg). Defensively, Stanford is holding their opponents to an average of 59.7 ppg on 37.0% shooting. Stanford has done a nice job on the boards as they currently have a rebound margin of 6.4 which ranks 58th in the College Basketball.
Gaels are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. Pac-12 opponents and 11-3 ATS in their last 14 non-conference games. The Cardinal are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games however, just 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. West Coast Conference opponents.
Saint Mary’s is one of the best teams in the country and has been unstoppable on the offensive end as they rank 4th in FG% and 20th in rebound margin. Stanford has been solid on the defensive end however, outside of Travis Reid and Dorian Pickens, don’t have too much offensive firepower. This will be the biggest challenge that Saint Mary’s will face on the offensive end this season so far however, I think the Gaels will be up for the challenge and that they’ll be able to go into Maples Pavilion and cover this small spread. Take Saint Mary's to cover.